While I was in college, my pocket money was not quite enough for me to buy first hand copies of all the books I wanted to read. But that doesn’t mean that I refrained from reading. I bought the second hand copies from the roadside vendors. It was during one such book hunting day that I came across a book titled ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’. Instantly, I picked it from the vendor’s cart, not even reading the author’s name or checking the back cover to understand its content. Later, it became one of my favorite reads and as many of you know, its author, Robin Sharma is a widely acclaimed author. Know what? 10 years apart, I never imagined even in my wildest dreams that I would get to strike conversations with his son Colby Sharma or would he be agreeing to give an interview for my humble blog. He is the author of ‘The Curveball’, a fantastic read on how to convert one’s challenges to opportunities. Read below the excerpt of the interview. Well, after reading, if you have any further questions, write them in the comment section below and I am sure he is more than happy to answer them all. Happy Reading:)
1) Isn’t it difficult to have Robin Sharma as a parent who will expect you to become the best version of yourself from you childhood? How was your childhood like, happy, pressurized or you lived your authentic self?
Colby: It’s not been difficult. My childhood was never pressurized. I think in contrast to the more traditional style of parenting, my dad supports me in whatever I choose to do and always sought to guide me. I remember growing up, I went through various phases as all kids do, whether I wanted to be a firefighter etc. He really made me secure in my skin and to be my own man.
2) Following your father’s path, you started writing in the motivational/life story genre? You could have written a fiction or a book of poetry? Why did you choose this style, was it a conscious decision?
Colby: So, my book The Curveball is a work of fiction in the sense that the story is made up. I am not good with writing poetry, so that never appealed to me. Yes, it was a conscious decision, as I have always loved fiction books, especially the classics. I feel that fiction books are a great way to subliminally share life lessons.
3) Now, tell us about your passions and hobbies? Where can one find you on your weekends and holidays?
Colby: I love travelling, recently went to the South of France. I love exploring new types of foods and different restaurants. I love certain cultural attractions such as museums and art galleries. Finally, I’m a huge sports fan so I love going to watch a game. Liverpool FC!
4) Your debut book ‘The Curveball’, how many drafts did you work on before publishing, how successful it is and can you tell us the gist about it to the first-time readers? basically, tell the readers, why should they pick it up?
Colby : I went through a number of drafts on it. I first began putting pen to paper (or laptop) during the summer of 2016, when I finished my first year of law school. Sales are doing very well, and I’m overjoyed at the response. The Curveball will help you navigate uncertainty, respond to adversity so you can become your best self. The book has helped people become more resilient when dealing with mental health, especially since mental health challenges have been on the rise in the pandemic.
5) Do you really believe in the life success theory? Because everybody is running behind success and nobody has time to pause and live life as it is. Recently, I read somewhere about the suicide of a famous motivational speaker. What do you have to say about it?
Colby : I can’t say I’ve ever heard it phrased like that. I believe in sorting out first and foremost what do you truly want to focus on, instead of just chasing success for the sake of it. I really agree that there is a shortage of being present today, many people want to worry about the future. In the Curveball, I share four lessons that can help regardless of the situation that you find yourself in. I have not heard the suicide of the speaker that you mentioned.
6) Do you have plans to write new books in the future?
Colby : Yes, I am finishing up the writing on my second book, the title will be released in the summer. I am sure readers will love it.
7) How do you think one should measure success?
Colby : I think one should measure success by the impact it has on others, and the feeling that you get from it.
8) The Monk who sold Ferrari is a journey of a man, the curveball is also a journey of a man, was it just a coincidence?
Colby : For the characterization of the main character from The Curveball, I wanted to create a character to reveal the duality that we all have within us, how we can experience many emotions states all at once. The main character from the Curveball is a unique character on his own journey.
9) We have always seen you smiling, whether it is in an interview, a podcast or in photographs. Have you ever had a low point in your life, that you thought you will never bounce back from? Can you tell us about that event? Who helped you get through, words/wisdom/people or your inner voice?
Colby : I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t have good and bad days. It’s all about how you find the silver lining. In the book I share that sometimes you have to lose something (figuratively) to find everything. What I do when I have bad days is, I process them to understand what happened. I resolve bad days by talking to family and friends. I remember once I had left a job, and I was searching for a while. All the while I was remembering on what was my journey to get to that moment, and how each application made me better and better.
10) A message to my readers
Colby : As Barack Obama said, start with hope. Be courageous in the journey that you are going through. Remember that we go through adversity one step at a time.
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